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Public Rosary Rallies Planned for Maine During Month of the Holy Rosary in October

October is dedicated as the Month of the Holy Rosary (memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is held each year on October 7), instituted to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.

In commemoration, several public, Rosary rallies are planned for the month of October in Maine (gatherings will be added as confirmed). All are welcome:

Saturday, October 10

St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road, Gray
Noon

Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth
Noon

St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street, Norway (front sidewalk)
Noon

St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth (near Mary Garden)
Noon

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland (lawn)
Noon

St. Gerard-Mount Carmel Church, 363 Main Street, Grand Isle (parking lot)
Noon

St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street, Norway (sidewalk in front of rectory)
Noon

St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth (Fatima Shrine)
Noon

Our Lady of the Angels Church, 162 Agamenticus Road, South Berwick
Noon

Sunday, October 11

Wells Harbor Park Pavilion, 331 Harbor Road, Wells (hosted by Holy Spirit Parish)
3 p.m.

Saturday, October 17

St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, Gorham (parking lot)
Noon
***Outdoor confessions will be offered (9 a.m. -10:30 a.m.) and an outdoor Mass will be celebrated (11 a.m.)

The Rosary is an invitation to experience the grace of Mary’s spiritual motherhood as she leads us to her Son, Jesus. Devotion to the Rosary was especially promoted in the 13th century by St. Dominic and in the 16th century by St. Peter Canisius. The Rosary is a living prayer form and continues to develop even in recent times. An invocation known as the Fatima Prayer was commonly added in the early 20th century. Pope Leo XIII strongly promoted the increase of devotion to the Blessed Mother by encouraging the constant use of the Rosary. In 2002, Saint John Paul II, who called the Rosary his favorite prayer, added a new set of five reflections called the Luminous Mysteries, which encourage additional meditations on the life of Jesus.